New and improved safety systems
Future technology will come to have a huge impact on the way we drive. New safety systems are being introduced and they all seem awesome! Here are just a few of the amazing bits of technology, get ready to be blown away...
Sweat-sensing car seat
We’ve all heard of heated seats. But have you heard of a sweat-sensing seat? This new car seat will supposedly help prevent road accidents! The new technology is known as “Soak”. It has been created in a collaboration between Nissan and Dutch Design Studio Droog. This fabric is specifically designed to change colour when exposed to high salt perspirations. In other words, when you’re really dehydrated. The material also covers the steering wheel. Both of which will change colour from blue, to yellow, signalling dehydration.
“A Loughborough University study has revealed that even mild dehydration is equivalent to being over the drink driving limit in terms of driver errors.” - 2015 Press Release from Loughborough University
People don’t realise how important it is to stay hydrated, let alone at the wheel!
Automatic emergency braking
Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is a new feature which you may have heard of. These futuristic cars will have sensors located at the front of them. This is designed to optimise your safety. If you are about to hit another car, the sensors will detect this and trigger an alert. The car will automatically brake if no action is made. If an action is made, it will allow the driver to use the full braking capacity of the car. The emergency brakes are useful in all driving situations. Whether you’re driving in the city or motorway, it can detect up to 200 meters away, as well as detect any pedestrian movements. This seems like the perfect feature, doesn’t it? Recent research carried out by Forbes suggests that the only way is up with AEB:
“Blind spot detection systems, which provide a visual alert when an adjacent vehicle is in the driver’s blind spot, lowered the rate of all lane-change crashes by 14 percent and the rate of lane-change crashes with injuries by 23 percent.”
Adaptive cruise control
Adaptive cruise control is a new and improved feature which automated speed management in your car. It is capable of automatically adjusting your speed to match the car’s in front. If the car in front slows down, cruise control will automatically match it. Alternatively, when the car speeds up, the automatic system will accelerate. Seems like a dream, right? Not only does it make driving a bucket-load easier, it also helps improve fuel economy! However, it is important that you don’t just let the cruise control take over. You still need to be aware of other drivers and their actions. Will it help me stay safe you ask? Although systems are limited, adaptive cruise control will help to reduce the chance and severity of a crash.
Driving at night can be dangerous. It is difficult to see the road ahead, let alone any people or animals. Adaptive headlights are designed to make driving at night a lot safer for you. When driving around a bend in the road, normal headlights will shine straight ahead. This makes it too dark to see around the corner. However, adaptive headlights will turn their beams depending on which way you are steering. This will result in your path being lit up, allowing you to see!
Do you think that these things will improve our safety on the roads? Although we’re living in a modern world, are these ‘safety features’ necessary? Let us know what you think. One of the main ways you can stay safe is to book your car in for an MOT or service. Book online today using our quick and easy booking tool! Fancy reading another blog? Click here for more!